UTUIA Awards Volunteer of the Year Award

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Thomas J Schmitt honored by President John Previsich in Providence,  RI

Cleveland OH –  UTUIA has awarded it’s prestigious Volunteer of the Year award to Thomas J Schmitt.  Mr. Schmitt works currently as  Yardmaster for Kansas City Southern Railway  out of local 1974.  He has 33 years of service as a Conductor.  He was selected over other candidates based on his conviction to rail safety and the many hours of dedicated service he has provided to the community with Operation Lifesaver.  Through Operation Lifesaver , Schmitt educates school children, truck drivers, bus drivers, first responders and fire fighters about rail and rail crossing safety.  Recently promoted to coach and trainer, he is quick to tell you that, since OL was formed in 1972, there has been an 83 percent reduction in highway/rail fatalities.

Schmitt achieved a personal best when he made 148 presentations last year and was the top presenter for the KCS railway.  He was nominated for the F Tom Roberts award for top volunteer in the US.  He also serves as a National Park Ranger and volunteer with Trails and Rails.  Mr. Schmitt is passionate about delivering the message of safety to all who will listen and encourages others to do the same.

Despite all these accomplishments, it was clear to those attending that Tom’s greatest accomplishments and his biggest fans were his loving children, Madison 17 and Matthew 14, and his wife of 19 years, all of whom were there to see him receive his award.

Mr. Schmitt was awarded a plaque along with a $1,000.00 Annuity from UTUIA.